New Testament In a Year: October 25 – 1 Timothy 6

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1 Timothy 6
(1-2)
Christians who are working for someone, must regard the person who is over them with honor and set a good testimony for God by doing good work. If the person in charge is also a Christian, then the worker should serve in the same manner and offer good service.

(3-10) False Teachers and True Contentment
Those who teach things that disagree with the Gospel of God and go against godliness, are to be disregarded. These are teachers who seek controversy, are full of conceit, and crave to quarrel about words that only produce envy, slander, suspicion and the like. We do not follow Jesus the Christ and strive after godliness in order to gain money and material wealth. Those who think Christianity is about acquiring a lot of stuff have the wrong idea about faith. Christians are content with how little or how much they have because they know that they already possess everything through Christ. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with money. But if we pursue money more than we pursue godliness, we will soon find ourselves sliding off the straight and narrow. If we desire to be rich more than we desire to know God, we will soon find ourselves plunging into ruin and destruction. If we love material wealth more than we love Jesus, we will eventually wander away from the faith.

(11-21) Fight the Good Fight of Faith
There are more important things to pursue than money. Among these things are righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. Despite false teachers and temptations on every side that seek to draw us away from God, we must stand fast and fight the good fight of faith.

Those who have been blessed to be rich, are not to be haughty about their riches and they are not to set their hopes or place their trust in riches. Riches are uncertain. They can be here one day and gone the next. But God is certain. Our hopes will not be dashed when they are set on Him and our trust will not be disappointed when it is placed in Him. Christians who have many riches are to do good, be generous, and always be ready to share what they have. In doing this, they are actually sharing their wealth with Christ and are storing up eternal treasure in Heaven.

Favorite verse: (16) Who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

New Testament In a Year: October 24 – 1 Timothy 5

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1 Timothy 5
(1-25) Instructions for the Church
In this chapter, Paul lays out instructions for how different people in the church should act and be treated. Older and younger men and older and younger women should all be encouraged as if they were family members.

Older widows who are truly left alone, should set their hope on God and continue in constant prayer to Him. They should be taken care of by fellow believers. Younger widows who are able to work are encouraged to do so, so they will not have time to waste in being idlers and gossips and busybodies, going about to other people’s houses instead of managing their own. One way in which Christians show their faith is by taking care of their own. Family members and friends should not go without when relatives have more than enough to provide for them all.

Elders who rule well are to be honored. Those who persist in sin are to be rebuked in front of all, so that others will not engage in that same sin. Christians must keep themselves pure and not become tainted by the sins of others.

Favorite verse: (5) She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.

New Testament In a Year: October 23 – 1 Timothy 4

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1 Timothy 4
(1-5) Some Will Depart from the Faith
Satan works to deceive believers into turning away from the faith and following false teachers. Those who do this have seared consciences and engage in legalistic behavior instead of being free in Christ and enjoying things which God created to be received with thanksgiving. For those who continue to believe, they are able to experience as good all things which come from God, because they know the truth. The truth is that God created everything and everything created by God is good.

(6-16) A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
Spending time in God’s Word is important because it keeps us spiritually fit. Physical exercise is good, but spiritual exercise is better because it helps us in the present life and also lasts into eternity. Believers labor and strive in the work of the Gospel because our hope is set on God, who is alive and who is the Savior of all people.

The things that we know about our faith are things that we must teach and share with others. Our age should not deter us from doing this, and we should not let others intimidate us because we are young. Instead, we are to follow the example of Christ and set our own example of love, faith, and purity.

Favorite verse: (12) Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

New Testament In a Year: October 22 – 1 Timothy 3

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1 Timothy 3
(1-7) Qualifications for Overseers
A person who seeks to be a leader in God’s church must have righteous control over his own life and that of his family. God doesn’t just want anybody caring for His church and His people. He wants someone who has been tested and tried and found faithful; someone who is well thought of by others; and someone who will be respectable and gentle and godly in their behavior.

(8-13) Qualifications for Deacons
The requirements that Paul lays out for ministers, are the same for deacons. They must be dignified and dedicated to the faith. They must manage themselves and their own families well. Every Christian, even those who are not ministers and deacons, should strive to live righteously and be faithful in all things. But those who are leaders of others, should certainly hold themselves to the higher standards that are set in this passage.

Favorite verse: (16) Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

New Testament In a Year: October 21 – 1 Timothy 2

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1 Timothy 2
(1-15) Pray for All People
As believers we are to pray for ourselves, for other Christians, and for all people. We should pray for our governmental leaders and all those who are in positions of power. Instead of criticizing or complaining or crying, God is pleased when we pray about things and people and situations in our lives. It is God’s desire for all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth which is found in Jesus the Christ. When we pray, we can be assured that God hears our prayers, because Christ acts as a mediator between us and Him. God does not hear our prayers in light of our imperfectness and sin, but in light of Christ’s righteousness and the sacrifice He made on the cross.

It is not a sin for women to dress themselves in fashionable clothes or do their hair or wear jewelry. However, Paul wants women – especially those who profess Christ – to first make sure that their lives are defined by good works. More emphasis is to be placed on inward beauty than outward beauty.

Favorite verse: (5) For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

New Testament In a Year: October 20 – 1 Timothy 1

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1 Timothy 1
(3-11) Warning Against False Teachers
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul warns him to be on guard against false teachers and those who magnify the law above the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. God gave the law and the law is good, if it is used lawfully. However, the law is not for those who do right and those who have been redeemed by Christ. The law is for those who remain in bondage to sin.

(12-20) Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners
Despite his past behavior, Paul is thankful that Christ showed him mercy and appointed him to serve God. When Paul (then Saul) was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent, he was acting ignorantly in unbelief. Even when he was in this state, God’s grace overflowed toward him and brought him to faith and love in Jesus the Christ. This is a reminder that Christ left Heaven and came to earth in order to save sinners. The greater the sinner, the greater the out pour of mercy toward that sinner. No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.

Favorite verse: (15) The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 323 — Ezekiel 11-13, 1 Timothy 6

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Ezekiel 11
Focus Verse: And I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me. (25)

Ezekiel told everything from the vision he had seen – the good, the bad, and the ugly. He held nothing back. When God has given us a message to share with others, we should tell all of it, including the parts that may not be pleasant to hear.

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 322 — Ezekiel 8-10, 1 Timothy 5

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Ezekiel 8
Focus Verse: Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them.” (18)

No matter how loudly they shouted, God did not hear these people because they were doing detestable things in His sight. It is not the tone with which we pray that makes God hear our prayers. It isn’t the words either, but our hearts. If we are tuned to Him and obedient to Him, He will hear us and answer us.

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 321 — Ezekiel 5-7, 1 Timothy 4

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Ezekiel 5
Focus Verse: “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself am against you, Jerusalem, and I will inflict punishment on you in the sight of the nations. (8)

Once again, God promises to punish the people of Jerusalem for their disobedience. He is extremely angry, and will not be satisfied until His wrath has been spent.

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